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Breast Self-exam

You have a better chance of surviving breast cancer if your doctor finds and treats it early, while it’s small and hasn’t spread. The best way to detect breast cancer early is to be screened regularly. Screening means being checked before you have any symptoms. Screening isn't possible for many kinds of cancer, but it is with breast cancer. Screening doesn't guarantee that you won't get cancer or die from it, especially if it's found after it has spread. But regular screening may help find the cancer earlier.

In the past, a breast self-exam was recommended. The exam was a method of examining your breasts, about once a month. Most medical organizations now advise breast self-awareness instead. This means having a sense of what is normal for your breasts so that you can notice even small changes and report them to a healthcare provider right away.

Physicians also recommend clinical breast examinations by a physician every 1 to 3 years for all women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and older.

The American Cancer Society recommends that all women should have a baseline screening mammogram between the age of 35 and 40, and that beginning at the age of 40 women should have an annual screening mammogram. In addition to an annual screening for women 40 and older, women with certain risk factors should discuss an appropriate screening program with their physicians.

Learn more about the early detection of breast cancer at this link.

Call 770.836.9721 now to schedule a mammogram.

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